Alright lovely people, go and put the kettle on, make yourself a snack and get comfy because this post will be a long one.
I am here to tell you all about my foundation collection. Every one of them. (Since filming this I have actually purchased more)
There are some here that I love, some here that I hate, some here that I want to love but I can’t get a colour to match me here in Australia.. and THAT is going to be spoken about in a different post..
I am going to keep these summaries brief, but you can hear more of my thoughts in this video
Here they are in no particular order (except the for group that I happened to take the photos in)
L’Oreal Lumi Magique Light Infusing Foundation ‘Gold Camel’: This is a light reflecting foundation which is great for dry skin. It has a nice dewy finish but still offers great coverage. If you are very dry you would like this one and I would also suggest pairing it up with the light reflecting primer as you will get a beautiful ‘lit from within’ glow. The downside of this foundation for me is the colour range. This is the darkest shade available here in Australia and it is way too light for me. I could maybe get away with wearing it in the middle of winter.
You can get the L’Oreal Lumi Magique Light Infusing Foundation from Priceline Pharmacies or anywhere that sells L’Oreal products for $33.95 /30mL
OCC Tint ‘Y4’ – This tinted moisturiser is incredibly light weight but still adds a bit of coverage. It feels like you have nothing on the skin and the consistency is incredibly thin. Thin enough that you can actually use this in an air compressor and apply it as an airbrushed foundation. The colour range is a bit more extensive, and has both red and yellow toned shades which I like as it does seem to cater for more people. I do not use the darkest shade – Hallelujah!!!
This is currently being reformulated or repackaged or something from OCC and I am not sure what if anything they are changing.
It is currently on sale at Lipstick Republic for $5/30mL as I believe they are getting rid of old stock to make way for the new ones once they’re released.
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation #56: This is a thicker foundation with medium coverage. It has a gel consistency and leaves your with a dewy look. Again perfect for dry skinned gals. This foundation has got many good reviews around the blogosphere which is why I was wanting to try it out. Again the downside is the colour selection. This being the darkest shade again and it is still WAY too light for me. I also found that this foundation didn’t let my skin breathe at all and it just felt heave and sat on top of my skin, it didn’t melt into my skin like a foundation should. Certainly not one I would repurchase (even if I could)
I tried to search of this foundation but I couldn’t find it anywhere except online. Perhaps they have discontinued it!
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation ‘Syracuse’: This is one of NARS cult products and I can see why. It is a beautiful lightweight foundation that not only adds coverage, but it lasts a long time and it sets to a beautiful semi-matte finish. It’s not so much on the glow/dewy finish which I don’t understand because of the name, but more of a satin finish. I find that this wears really well throughout the day. I certainly need a mattifying primer on underneath this to combat an oily t-zone, but nothing a bit of powder won’t fix. The problem I have with this is again… Yep, you guessed it..the shade range. Unlike others I have mentioned, this does come darker than my skin tone which is great, but as the shades get darker they lean VERY yellow and they don’t suit my skin tone. They need to change the colours to be more neutral as most people don’t want to look like they have jaundice… well none that I know anyway, correct me if I am wrong.
You can get the NARS Sheer Glow foundation in Australia from Mecca Cosmetica for $59/30mL
MAC Face & Body Foundation ‘C6’: This foundation is a thin liquid consistency that leaves your skin with a beautiful dewy finish. It is light coverage but I find when applied with my fingers it builds up to medium coverage. It also dries waterproof, or so they say. I really like this one as a light weight foundation when I want to cover redness and even out my skin tone. This isn’t going to cover blemishes etc so you will need to go in with some more industrial concealer but it is a great every day foundation.
You can get MAC Face & Body from MAC Counters or from MAC Online for $49/50mL or $60/120mL
MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation ‘NW40’ – This gel foundation leaves your skin feeling moisturised and dewy but adding a fair bit of coverage. I would say that is more medium to full coverage and I really love how it wears. It lasts a long time and helps cover problem areas while not accentuating any dry patches or fine lines. The gel is quite thick in consistency, but it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin which is another bonus for me.
You can get MAC Studio Sculpt foundation from MAC Counters or from MAC Online for $52/30mL
MAC Studio Fix Fluid ‘NW35’ & ‘NW40’: This is one of the only ‘full coverage’ foundations I have and I really only pull it out when I want that really thick flawless finish. This foundation is a bit hit and miss for me, sometimes I love it, other times I feel that it is very cakey and looks very thick on my skin. If you like that kind of foundation then this is one that you may like. I find that if you sheer it out with a very damp beauty blender it helps and setting it with a light translucent powder helps to avoid the dreaded ‘Cake face’.
Apart from that the foundation does cover all imperfections, and only a light concealer would be needed.
You can get the MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation from MAC Counters or MAC Online for $49/30mL
Makeup Forever HD Foundation #127 – This cult product is very popular for makeup artists as it is a HD foundation. Its designed to look invisible on a HD camera. It is a medium coverage and has a semi matte finish. I find that this foundation work really well with my skin. It doesn’t accentuate dryness, covers and evens out skin tone and feels so light weight. The MUFE HD Foundation doesn’t contain SPF so if you are wanting to wear it on a daily basis you have to keep that in mind. I think this is a gorgeous foundation and looks amazing on the camera.
You can get Makeup Forever HD Foundation from PM Studios for $62/30mL
Smashbox Full Coverage Foundation ‘2 Medium’: I received this foundation in a makeup swap a little while back which is why it isn’t the right shade. I still wore it one day when I knew I was staying at home and put it to the test. Yes the foundation in full coverage but it just sat on top of my skin and looked heavy. It also felt ver heavy on my skin and it wasn’t something that I enjoyed wearing. Being a creme foundation I find that it is also greasy on the face and wouldn’t suit someone with more oily skin.
I can’t find where to get this foundation from anymore so perhaps this has also been discontinued.
Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation # 12: This foundation is a light weight medium coverage foundation that leaves your skin looking radiant but not too dewy or oily. I really like how this foundation feels and looks on the skin, but I found that this foundation oxidizes quite badly on my skin and turns very orange. Perhaps I need to be matched to another colour which I am thinking of going into the Illamasqua counter to have done – but I really want to try this again with the right shade because I have heard so many good things and when I got it and first applied it, it looked beautiful on the skin.
Benefit Cosmetics ‘Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW’ Foundation ‘Beige’: This foundation is perfect for those dry skinned ladies, the main ingredient is water and adds a lot of hydration back into your skin. It’s a medium build able coverage and if you can get a good colour match, this foundation will not only add coverage and a dewy finish but it will also feel like you are wearing nothing. I love this foundation BUT the colour selection is a bit too orange as the shades get darker and I do have to custom mix foundation which at $55 a pop, isn’t ideal.
You can get Benefit’s ‘Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow’ Foundation from Benefit Counters in MYER for $55/30mL or from Benefit Online for US$36/30mL
Ellis Faas Skin Veil Foundation ‘#6 Tan’: This gel foundation is a medium coverage that leaves your skin looking radiant and glowing. It is a thicker consistency and a little goes a long way. I have done a full review and demo which you can read about here, so I don’t want to go into too much depth, but even though there isn’t a huge range of shades with the Ellis Faas Foundations, there was one which was perfect for me. This foundation is beautiful but does come with a hefty price tag. Certainly one to try out for a full day before buying!
You can get the Ellis Faas Skin Veil Foundation from Mecca Cosmetica for $110/30mL
Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Foundation ‘#66 Deep Fawn’: This is another foundation which I have reviewed recently. (read the review here). This foundation was a big surprise for me, the colour was a decent match, it was also quite long-lasting. It is a thicker gel consistency and leaves your skin looking radiant but not too glowing. It is a medium coverage foundation and has a good colour selection. The only down side of this foundation would be the scent, it is quite fragranced so if you are very sensitive this foundation may not be for you.
You can get the MARC Jacobs Genius Gel Foundation from Sephora in Australia. Unfortunately until they get their online store sorted you can only get it in Sydney. I also can’t check how much it was, but $68 rings a bell.
And that wraps up my foundation collection for now… Don’t forget to come back next week where I talk about all my concealers.
What foundations to you recommend I try next?